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May 28, 2008

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Samantha Power's Commencement Address

As you know, the graduation speech is my favorite of all forms. Samantha Power did a nice job at Pitzer this year; in particular I like exhortations one and two.

This bit is great:

Instead, I’m encouraging you, class of 2008, to focus on the next thing, and take some of the pressure off finding the eventual thing. Emphasize the substance of what you will learn, not the status of what you will be called. Ask yourself, “What will I take away from this? Will I learn a new skill? A new town? A new mindset?” Put one foot in front of the other for as long as you can afford to, rather than trying to map your way to the winner’s platform.

See any other good graduation speeches out there this season?

Posted May 28, 2008 at 12:06 | Comments (6) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted


"As you know, the graduation speech is my favorite of all forms."

hmmm, wonder how that came to be.

Posted by: pon on May 28, 2008 at 02:20 PM

Yeah -- now if I want to give more, I've got to really EARN the right, though...

Yeah, they'll let anybody give the keynote at MSU commencement. I very nearly gave two. (True story.)

More to the point, though, I thought this was pretty cool.

Whoah. Yes. Incredible.

Here are a couple for you:

Carol Gilligan, Psychologist, ethicist, feminist, and writer, at Mount Holyoke College

John MacKay, CEO, Whole Foods, Bentley College


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